ABOUT / a message from Khaled
Thank you for your interest in a cause that is dear to my heart. This foundation was inspired by a 2007 trip that I made to Afghanistan as a Goodwill Envoy for the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency). I met repatriated refugee families who lived on less than $1 per day, spent winters in tents or holes dug underground, and whose villages routinely lost ten to fifteen children to the elements every winter. As a father myself, I was overwhelmed and heartbroken to witness such suffering. I decided, when I returned to the U.S., that I would make an effort to advocate for these people and improve their conditions.
The refugees I met did not ask for charity. They were a resilient, hard-working, and resourceful people, eager to rebuild their country and put the dark past behind them. What they asked for was access to some very basic resources, shelter and education foremost among them, so they could work to fulfill their own dreams and hopes. My Foundation’s goal is to provide the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan –women, children, and refugees- with the opportunity to do just that. I know that providing them with shelter and access to education will give them a sense of control over their lives and allow them to begin rebuilding their broken country.
Please join me in this effort.